Seattle’s new Link Light (light rail)

In 1996, a ballot measure set in motion a regional light-rail transportation system. On December 19—last Saturday—the portion connecting SeaTac airport with downtown Seattle opened up. Just in time for my sister to suggest that my daughter and I try it out. The system is new enough that at the SeaTac end there are staff … Read more

Keeping the wools organized, part 1

A couple of days ago, someone asked me how on earth I am keeping all of the wools for The Project organized. It’s a great question, and although I gave her an overview I thought others might be interested. The answer will involve two posts. When I began The Project of researching and writing the … Read more

Keeping the wools organized, part 2

[part 1 is adjacent but following; I managed to post these out of order] All the labeling and packaging preparation happens as soon as the fiber enters the house. Then the system starts being put to work. When I pull wools for washing, the materials related to them go into holding containers. The wools that … Read more

Comfort and joy: Lots of wool, and Clara Parkes’ new book

I have here Clara Parkes' new The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving This Most Fabulous Fiber. I've been wanting to write about it for weeks—and actually have been making notes in this file for that long—but life got in the way. This is not a book I wanted … Read more

Comfort and crimp

When life gets rocky, as it has been around here lately, balance and a sense of safe harbor for me can come from friends (two-footed, four-footed, and other), fibers (especially wool), and good books. Tussah Redfurr has been doing her best to fill the hole in our lives that remains following the death of Ariel, … Read more